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Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell was born in 1962 in Cape Town, South Africa, where his father was a "liberal Anglican vicar" and was opposed to the system of apartheid. Chris displayed artistic talent from an early age and was encouraged in this by his mother. (She gave him paper and pen to keep quiet during his father's sermons.)
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Paula Harrison

Paula Harrison is the best-selling author of more than 40 books including the Kitty series, The Rescue Princesses, and The Secret Rescuers. She has also written the Red Moon Rising trilogy for older readers. She wanted to be a writer from a young age but spent many happy years being a primary school teacher first. She loves sandy beaches and eating popcorn…
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Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness, is an award-winning novelist. He is the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy: The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. He won the 2012 Carnegie Medal for A Monster Calls
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Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney didn’t grow up wanting to be a children’s author. His dream was to become a newspaper cartoonist. In 1998 Jeff came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley. Jeff worked on his book for almost eight years before showing it to a publisher in New York.
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Anthony Browne

You don't have to notice the references to Magritte, Rousseau or Van Gogh to realise that Anthony Brown is a genius. It shines out from every page.
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Roald Dahl

Children's author Roald Dahl wrote the kids' classics 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Matilda' and 'James and the Giant Peach,' among other famous works. After Dahl graduated in 1932, he went on an expedition to Newfoundland. Afterward, he took a job with the Shell Oil Company in Tanzania, Africa, where he remained until 1939. Lusting for yet more adventure, in 1939, Dahl joined the Royal Air Force. After training in Nairobi, Kenya, he became a World War II fighter pilot.
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Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas is the author of the much-loved Winnie the Witch books.  Valerie Thomas was born in Australia and has lived there for most of her life. She has worked as a teacher, and her special hobby is travelling; and she has travelled to most parts of the world, even Antarctica, but she doesn’t travel by broomstick. She is now trying to organise her life so that she never has to experience another winter. She used to live with a big black cat exactly like Wilbur, but luckily her house was not black.
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Liz Pichon

Liz is the author of the best selling TOM GATES series. Tom Gates has been translated into 44 languages.
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Megan McDonald

Megan has written and published over 60 books for children in 22 languages, including the hilarious Judy Moody adventures, which are largely inspired by her childhood memories of growing up with four older sisters.
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Pamela Butchart

As a child, Pamela was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of pets and go to a primary school where lots of spooky and weird things happened (well, in her imagination at least). As a student, Pamela’s student jobs included: fishwife, teaching basketball in America, phlebotomist and Artist Liaison for a (really bad) Abba tribute band.
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